The trip happened when we (#bffs) decided to re-live our childhood days. Post much of groundwork, one of our sister came up with a top notch place with zero doubts in her head about a refusal from us. ITMENAAN..!She proposed. To my look, every picture of that prodigious land was incredible. Amidst those grandeur lush green mountains, stood Itmenaan.
We juggled to make the bookings, plan the travel dates, cab booking etcetera etcetera. Everything fell into place when we got settled with the main parts. The trip got planned for the month of April end. We trivially waited for April to begin and then to end.
Embarking the journey to Jageshwar!
Our journey began from Delhi —> Meerut —> Itmenaan. We started at 6:30 am from Meerut (arrived here a day before from Delhi. Just 1.5 hours drive). We got off at a café on route just to stretch ourselves and prepare for the long drive. It was 12pm and our car effortlessly running in the zig zags of the hills. The route came out to be longer than expected. We expected a journey of 6-7 hours from Meerut, per the GPS route( this GPS,, sometimes it sucks). Anyway, we were so damn thrilled and excited that we could’t realise the long-ness of the journey. So, after a few wrong turns, misleads and traffic jam, our hunt for Itmenaan ended. We were there at last! Yayyyyyyaayyyy! *All smiles* . 4:30pm, the clock read.
Itmenaan was a 20 min trek down the lane from the main road in the centre of the kumaon hills. Tip: Wear good quality shoes while traveling to Itmenaan. You would thank me for that.
We got Oak and Kafal room for our stay. Yesss.. with a beautiful place comes the awe-inspiring names. Everytime, we had to serve our belly with the sumptuous food, we had to trek down. It was an amusement for us. The picturesque dining area vibed inherited, cultural and traditional with cornered beds alongside gray brick walls and flamboyant cushions.The walls, bundled book shelves, timber tables; it had everything you need to chill and relax. We freshened up and were served delicious and organic lunch. The chef there was a masterpiece; we praised him with tons of compliments every time we ate. They had a well bred staff. We spent rest of the day playing ludo and Pictionary (this was the main agenda to make the staycation happen.. re-living childhood! Remember!?)
Next day, post breakfast and yoga practice, we trekked down the mountains to see a waterfall. To our expectation, waterfall had a very little water, it was April month, but we were excited to make our way through those lane-less mountains. The fun day came up with playing foosball, savouring hailstones, gobbing pahadi dinner and ended up with bonfire and more rain.
Day 3, It was time to head back home (not exciting). After having tummy full breakfast, few photo click sessions and selfies, they acknowledged us with an exciting gift voucher. You surely have to be a well-behaved guest to earn that ;).Our hearts as heavy, we trekked up to reach back to our car. While on our way back we discovered Neeb Karori Baba Temple, Kainchi Dham Ashram. Absolutely unaware of the fact that Neeb Karori Baba’s spirituality is widespread not only amongst the Hindus but between the Americans too. The temple was smooth, touching a running valley and had such incredible vibes that goes hard to outline but one HAS to visit the place to feel the magic. We named it the MAGICAL place. Our trip had been a complete excitement since the time we planned it. The Euphoric Itmenaan journey were emotional, anticipated and something that will never go out of our hearts.
Sharing a few pictures of my journey to Itmenaan and kainchi Dham.
A lot of my people asked me to write more about Itmenaan as I kept posting pictures on my Instagram during and after my visit. Thank you for making me write once again. Guys, this is for you and for anyone and everyone who would want to visit the beauty land.